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Using DAP Dog Appeasing Pheromones for Dogs

Updated on December 15, 2013
What do DAP diffusers have to do with nursing pups?
What do DAP diffusers have to do with nursing pups? | Source

What Exactly are DAP diffusers for Dogs?

You may have heard about DAP diffusers for puppies and dogs and may be wondering what all the hype is about. It's time to unravel all the mysteries surrounding this product. The term DAP is just as an acronym used for depicting "Dog Appeasing Pheromones." First of all, what exactly are pheromones? Pheromones are simply chemical messengers meant to carry information between individuals of the same species. In dogs, pheromones play a role in canine reproduction and canine social behavior.

In the case of nursing puppies, it was found that lactating dogs produced special pheromones right after parturition, about 3 to 5 days after giving birth. These pheromones are produced in the inter-mammary sulcus and are detected by the puppies via the Jacobson organ, also known as the vomero-nasal organ, which is located right above the puppy's hard palate and it's purpose is to detect pheromones. What's the purpose of these pheromones? The pheromones are meant to comfort and reduce stress, reassuring the newborn pups. The good news is that research has shown that the reassuring properties of DAP endure throughout the dog's adulthood. Nowadays, the dog appeasing pheromone is replicated using a synthetic form that is sold in plug-in diffusers.

What are DAP diffusers mainly used for? The products are advertised to work for various situations. According to the DAP diffuser by Ceva, it can be used to cope with stressful situation such as a new baby, fireworks, a new baby, holiday parties, separation anxiety, helping a puppy settle in a new home and helping promote learning in indoor puppy classes. Last but not least, it can be used under the direction of dog behavior professional to help manage behavior problems. However, DAP is not recommended for hyperactivity or aggression. It will also not work for bored dogs or dogs who need to learn house training, unless related to stress.

Studies Conducted on DAP for Dogs

There were quite several studies conducted on DAP diffusers for different situations. This is a brief rundown on some of the most popular ones. Hyperlinks are clickable for those who want to view the actual studies.

  • A study conducted on hospitalized dogs revealed that DAP helped in decreasing separation-induced anxiety, distress, and fear and possibly facilitated recovery in hospitalized dogs.
  • A clinical trial conducted on 30 dogs suffering firework phobia showed a reduction in the severity of their symptoms following the continuous use of D.A.P.
  • A study conducted on the use of DAP in shelter dogs revealed that DAP has the potential for being a useful palliative tool for decreasing some behavioral indicators of stress in dogs.
  • A placebo-controlled investigation conducted in a vet's office waiting room revealed that the use of DAP resulted in greater relaxation but there no effect on aggressive behavior during examination.
  • A study conducted on newly adopted puppies from a pet store revealed that signs of distress such as vocalizations were significantly lower in the group treated with DAP.

DAP is now available also under the form of a spray and in the form of collars impregnated with the appeasing pheromones. As effective as these products can be in reducing certain types of stress, it's important to recognize that at times behavioral problems in dogs can stem from medical causes. On top of that, for certain behavior problems in dogs, a DAP diffuser may be an aid, requiring accompanying behavior modification conducted by a professional.

Disclaimer: if your dog is exhibiting behavioral problems, consult with a vet to rule out medical causes and then consult with a dog behavior professional such as a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, certified applied animal behaviorist or a dog trainer well-versed in dealing with dog behavior problems using positive, force-free methods.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

      Okay, thanks for the link:)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Most likely not, you may find a front-attachment harness helpful for that here is a hub about them:

      along with training:

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

      I wonder if this will help my dog stop tugging at her leash? She's big and strong and relentless and I'm ready to try anything.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the votes up, we use them for all dogs who come for boarding, training and behavior modification, and so far I am very happy and the dogs seem to adjust quicker.

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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      It's great to know that these products actually work. We sell these at my job in the form of sprays, diffusers and collars and I feel more confident about recommending them to customers now. Voted up!